Electrical and computer engineering professor, Na Young Kim, awarded $1M for the development of quantum-enhanced sensors

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

A professor at Waterloo Engineering has been awarded more than $1 million in federal funds to lead a research project to develop quantum-enhanced sensors.

Dr. Na Young Kim, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is principal investigator of the project.

The team proposes to develop quantum-enhanced sensors with anticipation of the creation of start-up companies to commercialize the technology and train for jobs in advanced technologies.

Demand is increasing for sensor technology for numerous applications including smart homes, automobile performance, weather monitoring and health signal sensing.

The project is one of five across campus at the University of Waterloo to be awarded over $10 million today by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to tackle challenges in quantum science and support the development of quantum technologies.

“Our government knows that the research of today will be the economy of tomorrow, and that is why we are one of the first countries to advance quantum research,” François-Philippe Champagne, the minister of innovation, science and industry, said in a media release.

Across the country, almost $51 million was awarded to 75 projects under the government’s new National Quantum Strategy.

Go to $10 million awarded to Waterloo researchers to support Canada’s National Quantum Strategy for a campus-wide story.